or Is it time to replace your dental implant crown?
A dental implant is truly as close as you can come to having a real tooth. It feels just like a real tooth. It can eat and chew all the foods you love with the same power and precision as your natural teeth. It even looks real; however, it’s important that even once you get the dental implants that you visit our Honeoye Falls and Mendon NY area dentist Dr. Gregory Lowenguth at HFL Dental every six months to check your restoration to make sure that it’s healthy and doesn’t require additional care.
Of course, there are signs to be on the lookout for that will let you know that it’s probably time to replace your dental implant restoration here in Mendon NY. Some of these signs include:
A damaged crown
Most crowns are durable enough to last around 10-15 years; however, some can last even longer. But crowns, just like natural teeth, can also become damaged. Whether you crunched down on something hard or experienced a traumatic dental injury, you may be dealing with a fractured or cracked crown. Since even the smallest cracks can weaken crowns and cause additional cracks over time, it’s important to replace damaged crowns right away.
A loose crown
While crowns are cemented into place over the abutment certain habits could damage the bonding material and cause the crown to become loose or fall off. If you hear a clicking sound in the implant when you are talking or speaking, this is a sign that your implant crown may be loose. If the crown isn’t damaged, this is an easy fix; we simply just rebond the crown to the abutment.
Your crown is darker than the rest of your smile
If you’ve undergone teeth whitening treatment to improve your smile’s appearance before an important occasion like your wedding then your dentist probably told you that dental restorations will not lighten with whitening treatment; however, our dental team can still replace the crown with one that matches your brighter smile. Our goal is to provide you not just with a crown that is incredibly strong and functional but is also esthetically pleasing.
We’re happy to announce that Dr. Gregory Lowenguth is now the owner of HFL Dental and will continue to provide the same steadfast and dependable dental care you’ve always received from our practice. If it’s time to have your dental implant restoration checked by our Mendon and Honeoye Falls NY dental team, call HFL Dental at (585) 624-1917 to schedule your next checkup.
Implants can give you a natural and realistic new tooth.
In the past when you needed to replace a missing tooth your options were dental bridges and dentures. Fortunately, dental technology has advanced quickly over the decades, allowing our Honeoye Falls, NY, family dentist Dr. Greg Lowenguth to offer a tooth replacement that is as close to the real thing as you can possibly get. While maintaining your own natural teeth is the most important thing you can do, if you are faced with tooth loss, dental implants can make a world of difference.
How do dental implants work?
The implant itself is a small titanium post that replaces the missing tooth roots, but this is only one part of this tooth replacement. Once the implant is placed into the jawbone, a special piece known as an abutment is placed on top of the implant. The abutment connects the implant, which lies under the gums with a false tooth (e.g. a dental crown).
Why are so many people getting dental implants?
There is a reason this is a popular restoration for people looking to replace one, several, or even all of their teeth. Here are some of the benefits of getting dental implants,
- They feel and function just like real teeth; therefore, you will feel confident smiling, eating and socializing without ever worrying about your teeth. They will stay in place and they will look just like natural teeth.
- They are also designed to last a long time. Part of the implant’s success lies in the fact that it is made from a biocompatible material, which means that the bone and tissue fuse around the implant. This makes the implant a permanent structure within the jawbone. With the proper care a dental implant could last decades. Depending on when you get your implant you could end up having your implant the rest of your life.
- The implant also stimulates the jawbone in the same way as real tooth roots. This is important because without this stimulation the bone deteriorates. This happens with untreated tooth loss. Fortunately, our Honeoye Falls, NY, dentist can stop bone loss and other structural changes from happening to you by placing a dental implant.
Are you interested in learning more about dental implants and how they can replace your missing teeth? If so, turn to HFL Dental in Honeoye Falls, NY, for all of your smile needs. Call (585) 624-1917 to schedule your consultation.
Would you like to help your children avoid cavities and gum disease? Teaching them good oral hygiene will help them protect their smiles throughout their entire lives. Dr. Greg Lowenguth, your family dentist serving Honeoye Falls and Mendon, NY, and the entire area, helps your family care for their smiles with dental exams, cleanings and treatments.
How you can help your child master good oral hygiene skills
Brushing and flossing probably aren't the highlights of your child's day. In fact, oral hygiene sessions may be more than a little stressful if your son or daughter is a reluctant brusher. Fortunately, these steps may make the process much more enjoyable for both of you:
- Add a Little Fun to Oral Hygiene: Everything in life is easier if it's fun, including oral hygiene. Toddlers may appreciate brightly colored toothbrushes decorated with cartoon characters, while older kids might like watching videos, listening to music or using toothbrushing apps while brushing and flossing.
- Start Oral Hygiene Early: Use a moist washcloth or piece of gauze to remove plaque from your baby's gums. Once the first tooth appears, use a small toothbrush and a rice-sized dab of toothpaste to clean the tooth. Starting oral hygiene at a young age protects your child's smile and makes brushing and flossing a normal part of your son or daughter's schedule.
- Stick to a Routine: When your child brushes around the same time every day, oral hygiene becomes just another part of their daily routine. Make sure they floss once a day to remove plaque between teeth. Show your child how to hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the teeth when brushing. (Keep in mind that kids may need help brushing and flossing until they're 7 or even a little older.)
- Choose the Best Tools: Child-sized toothbrushes and toothpaste flavors your child likes will make brushing much easier. You'll find bubblegum, watermelon and other flavors at Mendon and Honeoye Falls stores. When you buy toothpaste, make sure the product features the American Dental Association seal. All toothpastes that display the seal include fluoride, a mineral that rebuilds weak tooth enamel and prevents cavities.
Regular checkups are an important part of good oral hygiene. Call your family dentist Dr. Lowenguth at (585) 624-1917 to schedule your appointment. His Honeoye Falls office serves Mendon, NY, and the surrounding area.
Your gums support your teeth, providing a protective seal against damage and infection. However, this oral tissue needs continual care to remain viable. At HFL Dental in Mendon, NY, Dr. Greg Lowenguth provides routine gum care and treats periodontitis. Your family dentist helps patients keep their teeth and stay healthy.
What periodontal disease?
Also known as gum disease, periodontitis is the infection and inflammation of your gum tissue with Strep bacteria. Contained in plaque and tartar, these germs grow and grow, unless your brushing, flossing, and in-office cleanings with your Mendon family dentist remove them.
Unfortunately, many people ignore their periodontal health, and tooth loss results. Additionally, respected organizations, such as the American Heart Association, cite research which indicates gum health and systemic health are intimately linked. People with periodontitis often have diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dementia, hypertension and other serious issues.
What are the symptoms of gum disease?
Gum disease varies in symptoms and severity. Many people may not notice they have mild gingivitis with its limited redness and/or bleeding during brushing and flossing.
However, periodontitis is very noticeable. People have symptoms such as:
- Gum puffiness and tenderness
- Changes in gum color
- Loose teeth
- Gum recession
- Exposed tooth roots
- Changes in the fit of a denture or in how teeth close together
- Bad breath which doesn't get better with mouth wash or tooth brushing
In addition, your dentist will notice deepening pockets between your teeth and gums. Measured with a small metal probe, pockets deeper than three millimeters are diagnostic for periodontal disease.
What you can do
If Dr. Lowenguth diagnoses periodontal disease, he will recommend a deep cleaning and tooth planing to remove plaque and tartar deposits. Sometimes, antibiotic therapy is necessary. More extensive disease may require gum surgery or grafting to replace damaged tissues.
Of course, the best cure is prevention. Work hard to improve your daily brushing and flossing routine. See the team at HFL Dental twice a year for a cleaning and check-up. Also, be sure to:
- Drink water to hydrate your gums
- Eat a high-fiber diet
- Limit alcohol
- Never smoke or chew tobacco
- Contact your family dentist at his Mendon office if you notice any changes whatsoever in how your mouth looks or feels
They are your gums
Their health is so important. At HFL Dental, Dr. Greg Lowenguth will help you achieve your best periodontal health. Call us with any questions, won't you? Phone your family dentist in Mendon at (585) 624-1917.
A cavity damages your tooth enamel—sometimes beyond repair if the decay invades the interior pulp, root, and bone. However, if detected early, your family dentist, Dr. Greg Lowenguth, can remake the tooth enamel with restorative fillings at HFL Dental in Mendon, NY. Your tooth can be good as new.
What causes tooth decay?
Strep bacteria does. It lives in food particles on and between your teeth. Of course, we brush and floss to remove this plaque, but any leftover residue provides the perfect breeding ground for damaging bacteria. They give off acids which, little by little, lead to tooth decay.
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research says that tooth decay is the most prevalent chronic health problem in both children and adults worldwide. However, you can prevent it with good oral hygiene habits at home and care from your family dentist in his Mendon area office.
The benefits of restorative fillings
If you do develop a cavity (some people are more prone than others), Dr. Lowenguth can repair it. He removes the decayed enamel and places a tooth-colored filling.
Most of today's fillings are made from durable and lifelike composite resin, a mixture of glass powder and acrylic. Into the prepared site, your family dentist layers the resin, hardening each surface with an ultraviolet light.
Besides composite resin, Dr. Lowenguth offers porcelain fillings (inlays and onlays) and glass ionomer fillings, which contain sustained-release fluoride. He'll repair your tooth with a material appropriate to the size and location of your cavity.
These are the benefits of modern restorative fillings:
- They stop the decay process, strengthen your enamel and allow you to keep your tooth.
- They block bacteria from invading the interior pulp chamber and root canals.
- Fillings strengthen tooth enamel and avoid fracture.
- Their natural color matches tooth enamel seamlessly.
- Your dentist removes less tooth enamel than with amalgam (metal) fillings.
- The procedure is fairly rapid, and most fillings last ten years or longer, says DocShop.
At HFL Dental in Mendon, your family dental team offer preventive, restorative, and cosmetic services. If Dr. Lowenguth discovers you have a cavity, rely on an effective repair with a natural-looking filling material. Call our office to learn more: (585) 624-1917.
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